Student Success

Business Leader Hala Moddelmog Shares Insights on Leadership and Giving with the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative

Increased power frequently brings with it increased pressure. Hala Moddelmog found that out when she became president of Church’s Chicken nearly 20 years ago.

“We’d signed up with Habitat for Humanity to build 200 homes,” she remembers. “I was brand new at my job, and a little overwhelmed. My first time being in the president’s… more »

Kellie Smith: Enthusiasm for Georgia State, and a Passion to Serve

Some high-school graduates are apprehensive about leaving their hometowns and heading off to college for the first time. Not Kellie Smith, who started classes at Georgia State just a week after graduating from her high school in south Georgia.

“I just wanted to move to the city and expand my options here. I was excited… more »

Amanda Mordt: Working Hard, With a Little Help from One of GSU’s Friends

Amanda Mordt doesn’t have a family of her own yet, but she’s already getting some experience juggling work, school and raising kids — she’s working her way through college as a nanny for three young children, 8-year-old twin boys and a 5-year-old girl.

“They’re really funny. Sometimes I think they’re smarter than I am,” she… more »

Forensics on the Fast Track: Young Alumnus Henry Swofford

College is, for most people, a place to lay the groundwork for their eventual careers. Not Henry Swofford — his career in forensic science began all the way back in high school.

As early as his sophomore year, Swofford was contacting police chiefs across Georgia hoping to get some exposure to the real world of… more »

As Johnny Truong’s Georgia State Journey Ends, Another Begins

Every great student needs a great mentor. Johnny Truong says he was fortunate to have one relatively early on. “I had a really great high school chemistry teacher who thought I could do a lot more than what I was doing, so she sent me off to a summer program for chemistry students,” he says.… more »